Thursday, February 23, 2017

Nachos & Hash by Brandon Witt

Darwin Michaels is living his dreams in the Mile High City. While Denver offers the perfect job, scrumptious dining, and whirlwind dating options, Darwin is losing hope he’ll find the right man to spark his interest for more than a one-night stand—until he sets eyes on Cody Russell.

Cody has just accomplished his life’s goal—get the hell out of Kansas. In one fell swoop, he lands a job at Hamburger Mary’s and gets a newfound family and the chance to be with other gay people! All that’s missing is someone special. But when Darwin shows his interest, Cody is sure it’s too good to be true. After all, what can Darwin possibly see in the high school dropout serving him nachos?

As Darwin falls in love, Cody struggles to realize his worth. When his past threatens the fragile life he is building, Cody spirals into a moment of dark desperation. But Darwin is determined to show Cody that love and family and home are there for him… will Cody accept what is offered?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I absolutely loved this story! With less drama and angst than his full length novels, the author has crafted a novella that is just long enough to breathe life into a special romance between two wonderful men.

This is almost a new adult romance. Both Darwin and Cody are in their early twenties and Cody’s previously sheltered life makes him seem even younger than 21 at times. I liked the natural connection between these two. They meet in a bar, a hook-up leads to more – these two are familiar and their romance is sweet. While Darwin is settled into a career, I enjoyed the angst and pressure Cody feels about his future.

There is a dark turn to this story, but it makes sense and feels real. The author highlights the isolation and pain of estrangement felt by so many members of the LGBT community, but also offers hope in the close friendships and support offered within the community.

I love that this is set in the same Denver as Under a Sky of Ash was. Favourite characters from that book are back and I loved seeing Hamburger Mary’s from the awed perspective of two boys from small towns.

I’m a huge Brandon Witt fan and with this novella, it feels like all the pieces fit together perfectly. I’m already looking forward to the next story about one of the Hamburger Mary’s family.

BRANDON WITT’s outlook on life is greatly impacted by his first eighteen years of growing up gay in a small town in the Ozarks, as well as fifteen years as a counselor and special education teacher for students with severe emotional disabilities. Add to that his obsession with corgis and mermaids, then factor in an unhealthy love affair with cheeseburgers, and you realize that with all those issues, he’s got plenty to write about…

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Nachos & Hash (Mary's Boys #1) by Brandon Witt to read and review.

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